October 29, 2014

We’ve Moved Haven and Earth

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:54 pm by havenoftheheart

It has been a very busy summer for us here at Haven of the Heart.  We have been packing, loading, unloading, cleaning and organizing for our big move to a larger farm in the nearby area.  The new facility allows us more land to properly accommodate our aging horses, donkeys and sheep in larger barns and stables, which is one of the reasons for our relocation. Our kennels and dog runs are also better designed for maintenance and allow more freedom for the dogs to exercise.  We also have newer facilities to house the countless number of cats, many of which are seniors way in their advance years and are hard to find homes for.

Regardless of the large facility, our capacity is filled to the brim with senior animals, many of them have ongoing health issues and will likely be permanent residents here with us.  We have always set our mission as an “Animal Sanctuary” rather than a shelter, hence we duly fulfill our commitment to keep them happy, healthy and safe. However, we do have dogs and cats available for adoption, so please keep us in mind when you are ready for a new pet.  You can call us or check our Adoption Pages on the website.

Haven of the Heart is a registered charity and depends in the main on the generosity of adoptive families and other concerned animal lovers. We are grateful to those who have supported the care of our waifs.

Here are some pictures of the Haven waifs in their new home.  Enjoy!

Prince and background

Hershey Emma LJ







Keep Our Waifs in Mind

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , , , , , , at 5:36 pm by havenoftheheart

Please keep our waifs in mind when you are ready to adopt a pet.  We have many beautiful adult cats that would love your attention. Other critters such as Simon, Hector and Beau are sitting nicely in the kennels waiting for their forever homes. Please call 905-936-3055 if you can help them.


Simon the Cat






October 14, 2014

Raven the Chicken

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , , at 11:47 am by havenoftheheart

Raven popped into our lives one sunny afternoon along the waterfront of West Toronto. My husband Merlin and I were walking along the water as we often do, and as we turned from a small trail onto the main path -lo and behold!- there was a chicken… A bizarre sight for our incurably urban area. The bird was causing a commotion among the passers-by, so we walked up to see what was going on.

At first we thought it was someone’s pet,  and clearly so did everyone else. It kept approaching the people on the path. As it came up to me, I talked softly to it and guessed it was looking for food. I had, unfortunately, nothing to offer but water from the plastic bottle I was carrying. I tried pouring a little onto the cap, and it drank immediately. I kept giving it water, it kept drinking. This gave me a clue that this bird didn’t really know how to fend for itself – we were right by the water and yet it wasn’t getting enough to drink. Upon looking closely, my husband and I decided this was probably a hen. She was all black with beautiful iridescent feathers. She seemed overall healthy and clean. How could she have landed here? We were surrounded by condo buildings. People stopped by to ask if she was ours. Some fed her bits of whatever snacks they were carrying. We were all perplexed.

I said to my husband, “we can’t leave her here…” Doubtful though we were – we live in a small apartment, and we know full well it is illegal to keep chickens in this city- after debating for a bit, we decided to take her home with us. At this point the hen had disappeared into a thicket. We crawled into the bushes  and I approached softly until I could touch her. She allowed me to pick her up easily, so I tucked her under my arm and we walked home. People stared at us in surprise as we passed them by. Most said nothing, but a few called out to ask what I was carrying. One of our brief conversations was with a man who wanted to know if the bird in my arms was a vulture. “No, it’s a chicken”

“Wow, that’s crazy!”

” Yes, we thought so too…”

“Are you sure it’s not a vulture?”

Someone else asked in passing if that bird was a raven. We decided to call her Raven from then on.

At home, we made room in our entrance closet and created a makeshift chicken coop. We gave her a perch to roost on and made a nest out of a towel. We provided food and water, and closed the door so that she could sleep in the dark. The next couple of days I looked online to see if I could find a place that could be Raven’s home. Ursula was the first person to reply and was happy to take her and offer a safe home. I was happy to know she would have a place to live out her days. My husband and I don’t drive, so we enlisted a good friend to drive us up to Ursula’s Haven. Raven stayed with us for almost two weeks. In that time, Raven slowly revealed her feisty and social personality. She enjoyed our company, but at first challenged us with pecking to assert herself. We learned to be firm with her so we could be around her without getting pecked. She became incredibly curious as well. We built a makeshift enclosure on our balcony so she could have fresh air and sunshine during the day. She would often break out in creative ways so she could get to peck our plants. Every evening, we picked Raven up and put her in her closet nest to sleep. She learned to anticipate the morning ritual of being brought outside and the times when we brought her inside. A clever bird she was!

We are delighted that Raven has found a lovely home with Ursula, and new chicken companions. So many people would not know what to do if a chicken stepped into their urban life (neither did we) and it is a blessing that Ursula and her farm staff are able to provide a sanctuary just for this kind of situation.

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